Here is my final Christmas guest post from my twitter friend Jen Tilley. After you indulge in her delectable cherry cheesecake pie recipe go visit her fantastic food blog How To: Simplify. Thanks for writing Jen!

I have a confession to make: I have a love affair with cheesecake... chocolate, strawberry, name it, I want it. Let's just put it this way, when my husband and I decide to order a dessert while dining out, my eyes are drawn to the cheesecake option and my mouth immediately begins to water. Sad, isn't it? But then again, how can you blame me? It's so delicious, especially around this time of year.

As the end of the year approaches, many of us have holiday menus on the mind, especially when it comes to the desserts. Holiday cookies and other treats are some of the items that make this season full of cheer and bring families and friends together.

When I was younger, my Mom and I would always pick a day before Christmas and dedicate the entire day to baking and decorating holiday treats. The house was full of the sights and sounds of Christmas and our tummies were over-stuffed with the tastes of the season.

As I reminisce about the holiday treats we would bake together, a couple of items stick out in my mind: No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and Mini Cherry Cheesecakes. Using inspiration from the mini cheesecakes we used to bake, I would like to share with you a recipe for Cherry Cheesecake Pie.

On How To: Simplify, my goal is to provide tips, tricks and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen. Similar to this blog, all of the recipes posted on How To: Simplify are easy-to-prepare and are top-notch in the taste department, if I do say so myself. I've had the pleasure of writing this guest post for Food Tastes Yummy. This pie is quick and easy to prepare and it will make your home smell delicious. I hope you get a chance to bake this pie during the holiday season and enjoy it as much as I do.

Cherry Cheesecake Pie


  • 1 box refrigerated ready-to-bake pie crusts (2 crusts)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 bricks (8-ounces) cream cheese (for the health conscious, it's OK to use 1/3 less fat cream cheese), room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (depending on your taste)
  • 1 can (21-ounces) cherry pie filling
  • Optional: Sliced almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place one pie crust onto pie plate. Cut the second pie crust into 1/2-inch-wide strips; set aside.
  3. Mix sugar and flour in a medium bowl. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Beat in egg and extract until just blended.
  4. Pour batter onto crust and spread evenly.
  5. Spoon cherry pie filling evenly over top of the cream cheese mixture (the cherry pie filling might not cover the entire surface but don't worry, it will spread during baking).
  6. Arrange 6 of the pie crust strips evenly spaced across pie filling. Place 6 more strips diagonally over first strips to form a lattice. Trim and press ends to bottom crust.
  7. Push almond slices into edge of crust (optional)
  8. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cherries bubble. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

This pie can be served warm or cold.

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